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[peyv] /peɪv/
verb (used with object), paved, paving.
to cover or lay (a road, walk, etc.) with concrete, stones, bricks, tiles, wood, or the like, so as to make a firm, level surface.
Southern Louisiana. a paved road.
pave the way to / for, to prepare for and facilitate the entrance of; lead up to:
His analysis of the college market paved the way for their entry into textbook publishing.
Origin of pave
1275-1325; Middle English paven < Middle French paver < Vulgar Latin *pavare, for Latin pavīre to beat, ram, tread down


[puh-vey, pav-ey; French pa-vey] /pəˈveɪ, ˈpæv eɪ; French paˈveɪ/
noun, plural pavés
[puh-veyz, pav-eyz; French pa-vey] /pəˈveɪz, ˈpæv eɪz; French paˈveɪ/ (Show IPA)
a pavement.
Jewelry. a setting of stones placed close together so as to show no metal between them.
Jewelry. in the manner of a pavé; as a pavé:
diamonds set pavé.
Also, pavéd, pavéed. being set pavé:
pavé rubies.
1755-65; < French, past participle of paver. See pave
Related forms
unpaved, adjective
well-paved, adjective Unabridged
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  • The nymphs of the pave, who made this place their habitation, were all returned from the toils of the night.

  • I wish you to go to her, and pave the way for a visit from me.

    The Hindered Hand Sutton E. Griggs
  • Neither he nor his refined and sympathetic pupil, Flandrin, did aught to pave the way for the modern movement.

    French Art W. C. Brownell
  • The streets do not run with milk; nor in the spring-time do they pave them with fresh eggs.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • "For Heaven's sake don't say that, Hugo," began the second brother, with a hasty desire to pave the way for reconciliation.

    Under False Pretences Adeline Sergeant
British Dictionary definitions for pave


verb (transitive)
to cover (a road, path, etc) with a firm surface suitable for travel, as with paving stones or concrete
to serve as the material for a pavement or other hard layer: bricks paved the causeway
(often foll by with) to cover with a hard layer (of): shelves paved with marble
to prepare or make easier (esp in the phrase pave the way): to pave the way for future development
Derived Forms
paver, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French paver, from Latin pavīre to ram down


a paved surface, esp an uneven one
a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows
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Word Origin and History for pave

early 14c., "to cover (a street) with stones or other material," from Old French paver "to pave" (12c.), perhaps a back-formation from Old French pavement or else from Vulgar Latin *pavare, from Latin pavire "to beat, ram, tread down," from PIE *pau- "to cut, strike, stamp" (cf. Latin putare "to prune;" Greek paiein "to strike;" Lithuanian piauju "to cut," piuklas "saw"). Related: Paved; paving. The figurative sense of "make smooth" (as in pave the way) is attested from 1580s.

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